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It’s Time for Gowanus to Shine — Finally

The renaissance of this Brooklyn neighborhood has begun at last.

Image Source: Sam Horine The Bell House opened back in September 2008, making it a veteran establishment of Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood.

The Gowanus neighborhood has forever been on the cusp of a renaissance. Between the fall arrival of a Whole Foods supermarket and the growing influx of worthy bars and restaurants, it’s probably safe to say that renaissance has finally begun.

Image Source: Rob Howard Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Gowanus serves a rotating menu of pies. The Salted Caramel Apple is its best-seller.

Exhibit A: The restaurants. Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue has been open less than a year, but it’s already been deemed a tried-and-true joint for serious BBQ fans. Just down the street, Four & Twenty Blackbirds serves up a mouthwatering, daily rotating selection of pies by the slice (though you can pre-order them whole). Littleneck gets rave reviews for its seafood, while Runner & Stone has become a Gowanus favorite for its American fare and bread (made by the former head baker at Per Se and Bouchon). Others to note: The Pines, Root Hill Burger, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (opening next month).

Exhibit B: The bars and entertainment. The Bell House is one of the more veteran establishments in Gowanus, attracting visitors from all over the city with its always-enticing lineup of musicians, comedians and one-off events like trivia night and food competitions. Littlefield is a smaller venue but well worth a visit, especially on nights featuring the likes of David Cross or Wyatt Cenac. For bars without the entertainment, there are plenty more to choose from, including Lowlands, Pacific Standard and Bar Tano.

Exhibit C: The homes. Though large swaths of Gowanus are still industrial, you’ll find some attractive abodes on the outskirts — especially near Fourth Avenue and on the northern and southern ends. Many homes in Gowanus are close to the R or F trains, and if the aforementioned food and drinking establishments aren’t enough, there’s always Park Slope and Boerem Hill.

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